Jello is much more than a sweet dessert. Of course, I’m not talking about commercial jello with all the food additives, food dyes and sugar or worse, sugar substitutes. That jello is toxic. I’m talking about the gelatin that you can use in recipes that is sourced from grassfed animals that have been humanely raised.
This gelatin is an important part of the daily diet because it supplies the important amino acids, proline and glycine — two amino acids that many people do not get enough of.
Gelatin is made from the bones and skins of animals and it contains collagen, which is a component of the connective tissue of animals and humans. This connective tissue is what holds your bones together in the form of tendons and ligaments and it is also part of the mucous membrane layer of the intestinal lining.
Collagen is part of our very makeup. When the nutrition of a person is not supporting collagen, many digestive and joint problems can appear. Therefore, it is very important to supply your body with collagen in as natural a form as possible.
The best way to do this is with bone broths, as the collagen and gelatin from the bones will be present in the broth in a very easy form for the body to assimilate. Sadly, most people do not drink homemade bone broth.
Another good way to get collagen and gelatin into your diet is by using gelatin from grassfed cows in recipes. This recipe is a fun way to get some gelatin into a meal along with other good foods like coconut milk and berries.
This is a fun dessert to make with the kids for the holiday weekend. Little do they know that it is also a way to get some important gelatin into their growing bodies.
Coconut Jello Flag
- 2 cups coconut milk or 1 can (where to buy)
- 3/4 cups water
- 2 Tbsp gelatin (where to buy)
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 tsp stevia (where to buy)
- 2 cups blueberries
- 2 cups raspberries or strawberries
- Heat the coconut milk and 3/4 cup water gently in a 2 quart pot until it is smooth and a little warm
- As the milk is heating, lightly sprinkle the gelatin over the coconut milk and constantly whisk it in
- Add in the vanilla and stevia and keep stirring until all the gelatin is combined
- Pour the milk into the pie pan — if there are lumps of the gelatin use a sieve to strain it when pouring it in
- Place the pan carefully in the refrigerator for 12 – 15 minutes until it starts to thicken
- Remove from refrigerator and place the berries in a decorative pattern in the thickened milk
- Place back into the refrigerator for 2 hours to fully set before serving
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: several minutes
Cool Time: 2 Hours